A panel beater works on removing small dents from a car roof

Panelbeater

Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels.

Overview

Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels.

Day-to-day

  • removing damaged panels and parts, and removing upholstery and accessories to gain access
  • removing dents by hammering panels
  • straightening damaged vehicles and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • replacing badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
  • filling depressions with plastic filler, and filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces
  • cutting and joining replacement sections using welding equipment
  • fitting repaired or replacement panels on vehicles and refitting body hardware such as door locks and trims
  • may assist vehicle body builders in constructing and restoring custom-designed, vintage and other specialty vehicles
  • may spray-paint vehicles.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,280 / week
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Stable

To become a Panelbeater

  • You usually need a certificate III or IV in automotive body repair technology or another relevant panel beating course to work as a Panelbeater. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate in Automotive Body Repair

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